April 21, 2009 4:01 PM

What's driving a shift away from manual transmissions

Stick shifts could be going the way of whitewall tires, running boards and rumble seats. As recently as 1985, more than 50 percent of male car buyers said they wanted a stick shift. Last year, only 11 percent did, according to market researchers, and sales totaled 7 percent of the new car market.

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